Diploma of English for Academic Purposes

The Diploma of English for Academic Purposes provides direct entry to pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin Singapore. Students are taught at Curtin Singapore Campus and have full access to campus facilities.

The Diploma consists of four 10-week units: two General English modules and two Academic English units.

Navitas English pathways

General English

The General English courses prepare students wishing to improve their all-round English language with real-world English skills that they can use anywhere; as well as prepare students for the Academic English units.

Study skills developed include:

You will focus on the basic elements involved in English communication, i.e. the macro skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and the language systems (vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation). You will also be prepared to progress on to the Academic English units.

Course assessments

You will be assessed on a continuous basis through a combination of progress tests, speaking and writing tasks and participation. You must pass with an overall grade of 60 per cent.

Progress tests: 40%
Writing: 20%
Speaking: 20%
Observation & Participation: 20%

Academic English

The Academic English courses provide direct entry to pathway, undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Curtin Singapore. Students are taught at Curtin Singapore Campus and have full access to campus facilities.

Study skills developed include:

  • Academic study and assessment skills – You will be taught critical thinking, research techniques, exam skills and how to avoid plagiarism.
  • Academic writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills – You will learn how to plan and write Australian-style academic texts such as research reports and essays. You will be taught how to read for context and expand your vocabulary, and also learn how to plan and deliver an academic seminar with appropriate grammar and vocabulary. You will also learn how to take notes in lectures and summarise the meaning.

Course assessments

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations, a research report, a research essay, a seminar presentation and/or a case study. You must obtain at least a 50 per cent pass result in each assessment. Only one assessment task may be resubmitted, and the maximum score for resubmitted tasks is 50 per cent.


Entry requirement

Cut-off scores

GENERAL ENGLISH 2GENERAL ENGLISH 3ACADEMIC ENGLISH 2ACADEMIC ENGLISH 3
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 1
- IELTS (academic) 3.5 overall
- TOEFL iBT 42
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 2
- IELTS (academic) 4.5 overall, writing 4.5, other bands 4.0
- TOEFL iBT 53, writing minimum 11
- Minimum GPA 60% from General English 3
- IELTS (academic) 5.0 overall, writing 5.0, other bands 4.5
- TOEFL iBT 61, writing minimum 13
- A GPA of 50% or above from Academic English 2
- IELTS (academic) 5.5 overall, writing 5.5, other bands 5.0
- TOEFL iBT 71, writing minimum 15

Class size

Maximum 19 students.

Study hours

Weekly duration

There are 20 contact hours and 4 hours of MyStudy (supervised self-study) per week. Classes are held from Monday to Friday with two different study schedules.

Intake start dates

Study periodOrientation weekStart date
DE180510 October 201815 October 2018
DE1806*7 November 201812 November 2018
DE19012 January 20197 January 2019
DE190220 March 201925 March 2019
DE19036 June 201910 June 2019
DE190414 August 201919 August 2019
DE190530 October 20194 November 2019

*For students studying 10 weeks only

Course fees

Tuition fee

PROGRAMFEE
Diploma of English for Academic PurposesS$3,450 per unit

Material fee

WEEKSFEE
1-10S$180
11-20S$225
21-30S$270
31-40S$310

Non-tuition fee

ITEMFEE
Administration fee (International students)S$500
Administration fee (Local students)S$150
Medical insurance*S$46.01
Fee Protection Scheme insurance**Course dependent

All fees are inclusive of 7% GST. Fees listed are indicative and subject to annual increases.

*Medical insurance will cover students warded in a hospital or requiring surgical procedures. The policy will reimburse on hospital charges and only covers treatments in Singapore restructured hospitals and B2 class wards. Local students may opt out of the medical insurance if they can provide proof of adequate medical insurance coverage. Payment is applicable per course and during Student Contract renewal or extension.

** The Fee protection scheme (FPS) aims to protect students’ paid fees in accordance with a master insurance policy, standard student contract and the Curtin Singapore refund policy.

View our fees and charges page for full details.